Investigators have determined that a Cessna 208B Caravan that crashed near Pelee Island, Ontario, on Jan. 17, 2004, exceeded the maximum allowable takeoff weight by at least 15 percent, in addition to being contaminated with ice. All 10 people on board were killed in the accident.
On May 1, the FAA will implement a new air traffic management initiative called the Airspace Flow Program. To explain the AFP, the FAA recently released Advisory Circular 90-102. The AFP is used when severe weather constrains traffic in the Northeast, and affected pilots will receive an expect departure clearance time (EDCT) before takeoff, which helps ATC meter traffic through areas with severe weather.
Reacting to potential safety vulnerabilities in flight control systems installed on Part 25 business jets, the FAA is amending the airworthiness standards for autopilot, autothrust and flight guidance systems. Based on a 2004 FAA proposal and input from airframe and avionics manufacturers, effective May 11 the amended rules require automatic flight control design changes in newly certified business jets with mtow greater than 12,500 pounds.
Cessna Aircraft has joined forces with the FAA and the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) for a Cessna Caravan “educational and awareness campaign,” according to a spokesman for the OEM. The new coalition “will pool resources to enhance existing operational procedures in harsh environments, including operation in icing conditions,” proclaimed RACCA president Stan Bernstein, whose members fly the overwhelming majority of Caravans.
Manufacturers should be required to determine if engine restart capability exists when core rotation speed drops to zero after high-power, high-altitude flameouts, according to the NTSB. For airplanes susceptible to engine core lock, manufacturers should be required to provide design or operational means to ensure restart capability.
The NTSB released its final report on the Nov. 22, 2004 crash of a Gulfstream III in Houston that killed three crewmembers. The jet, operated by Business Jet Services, was on its way to pick up former President George H.W. Bush. The jet struck a light pole and crashed about three miles southwest of Hobby Airport while on the ILS approach to Runway 4.
As a result of its investigation into the Montrose accident, the NTSB recommended that the FAA “develop visual and tactile training aids” that show small amounts of contamination on upper wing surfaces, then require all commercial operators to incorporate the aids into their training programs.
The NTSB Tuesday issued its determination regarding the stall and fatal crash of a Challenger 600 during takeoff from Montrose, Colo., on Nov, 28, 2004. According to the Safety Board, the crash was caused by ice and snow on the wings that the pilots had failed to detect and remove. A factor was the crew’s lack of experience in winter weather conditions, the NTSB said.
Executive Airlines of Barcelona, Spain, is the first company to join Skylliance, a new membership program for charter operators in Europe introduced by Swiss-based Jet Aviation. Executive Airlines will operate a CitationJet, Citation Bravo, Learjet 45 and Falcon 900 in the program. Member aircraft and crew uniforms will have special Skylliance markings and operators will be required to meet specific safety and service standards.
The NTSB on Tuesday is scheduled to adopt its final investigation reports, including the determination of probable cause, of two fatal Learjet accidents–departure from controlled flight, Learjet 24B, N600XJ, Helendale, Calif., Dec. 23, 2003; and controlled flight into terrain, Learjet 35A, N30DK, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 24, 2004.